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{D-Day: Battle on the Beach: Kate Messner}D-Day: Battle on the Beach by Kate Messner
Series: Ranger in Time
Published by Scholastic Press on January 30, 2018
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School, Science Fiction
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – In this adventure, Ranger heads to Normandy on the morning of the D-Day invasion and finds himself in the middle of one of the fiercest battles of World War II. Ranger meets Leo, a Jewish boy who is hiding with a local farmer, and Walt, a young African-American soldier fighting to free France from the Nazis. Walt is in the 320th Balloon Battalion, so it’s his job to help operate the enormous barrage balloons that fly over the American troops, shielding them from enemy planes. It’s pure chaos, with thundering warplanes, falling bombs, and exploding land mines. Will Ranger, Leo, and Walt survive?

{My thoughts} – Leo is a Jewish boy that is sent off to another country in order to avoid the Nazi invasion of France. When he gets to that new country he is told his name is Henri and he is there to help his Uncle on his farm. His grandma is the one that took him and over the past couple of years she’d been to visit. However, they both were waiting on the allies to come and push away all the German soldiers that have been around the farm and area in which Leo was staying.

One morning Leo woke up to the allies finally there. They were fighting back against the Germans. Leo was able to stay safe because Ranger had shown up. He’d guided Leo to safety. He’d also guided an American soldier named Walt to safety. If it wasn’t for Ranger’s search and rescue training both Walt and Leo probably would have died crossing an active mine field.

They didn’t though because Ranger figures out how to lead them. He figured out how to keep them safe in that time. Ranger is a smart dog and when he’s on a mission or trying to figure out what it is he needs to do in order to get back home, then he seems all the more smarter.

This was a well written book that helped to place you in the line of fire. It helped to show you what took place on D-Day and what was at stake. I enjoyed reading it because WWII is the war that fascinates me the most, I’m always interested in reading more and more about it.

I look forward to reading more books in this series very soon.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.